THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

From Hitler Youth to FA Cup winner

19 July ~ Former Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann has died at the age of 89. Born in 1923 in Bremen, the German was eligible for the Hitler Youth aged ten and sent to war by the time he was 17. He was eventually captured by Allied forces and held in a prisoner of war camp in Lancashire. With football matches a regular occurrence in the camp, Trautmann found himself playing in goal. By 1949 he had attracted the attention of a number of clubs but Manchester City were the first to offer him a contract. The signing was initially met with anger by some City fans but Trautmann went on to play over 500 games, including their 1956 FA Cup final victory in which he broke his neck but carried on playing. Catrine Clay wrote a book about his life called Trautmann's Journey, which was reviewed in WSC 279, May 2010.

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